When the power goes out......
The refrigerator and freezer break down!
- To prevent food from spoiling:
- Transfer food to a working appliance
- Carry frozen foods to new locations heavily wrapped in paper OR plastic.
- Use a cooler to transport the food
If food CANNOT be transported, keep the doors closed to keep the cold temperatures in!
Keep frozen meat, poultry, and seafood separate to avoid cross-contamination.
Freezer off longer than two days:
- Nest foods in the freezer in bags of ice cubes
- Use dry ice! (very carefully)
- DO NOT touch the dry ice with bare hands
- DO NOT breathe vapors in an enclosed area
- Carbon Dioxide= poisonous in high concentrations
- Blanket or layer newspaper on outside
- Insulates to keep cold in
- Delays thawing
When freezer is working again
- Food is safe if ice crystals are still visible (decrease in quality)
- Use crystallized foods ASAP
- Thawed but still cold: refrigerate and use in recommended time
- After it has been cooked, raw meat, poultry, and seafood can be refrozen
- Strange odor = Trash!
- Will last four-six hours with no power
- Keep door closed
- Just like the freezer, place a big bag of ice cubes in the refrigerator to keep food cold
- Food that is still chilled can remain in the refrigerator when the power returns
- Check foods for spoilage, especially:
- Fresh produce
When power is back on...
- Clean food spills
- Wipe surfaces dry
- Create a solution with 2 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water
- Open box of baking soda will absorb odors
Safeguarding food is all about ensuring foods are properly handled from the farm to the marketplace!
- This includes:
- testing ingredients
- testing new processing technologies
- guarding against contamination
- The FDA determines:
- how the additive can be used and in what quantity
- How the ingredients are listed on the food label
- "Generally Recognized as Safe" = GRAS! These foods have a long history of being safe
- Foods on the GRAS list range from sugar to seaweed
- No additive, even a GRAS item, is permanently approved!
- FDA may require retesting or revoke approval
- Scientific evidence may doubt safety!
Thank you for listening!!!!! I hope you learned a lot about food safety :)